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Guest NetIDs and Computer Access

A Northwestern NetID is required to access secure online resources. Those without a NetID can obtain a temporary NetID by visiting a library service desk.

Guest NetIDs are valid for 2 hours. If additional time is needed, guests must meet with a library staff member for a research consultation to verify that their research needs require access to computer resources.

Alumni with an Alumni Association Card, Northwestern University borrowers with a current Borrower's Card and current students/staff/faculty from another college or university with a current University ID can request extended access at the entrance desks in University Library and Deering Library.

NOTE: Guest NetIDs are not issued during the last two weeks of every quarter for student exams. Visiting researchers needing computer access during this time period should contact to inquire about access before coming into the library.

Where to request a guest NetID

Guest IDs can be requested from service desks in the following locations.